I've stayed up late the past few nights, to try to finish the Lace Dream Stole by or on Labor Day weekend. Here are some progress photos:
The pink lifeline is marking the end of the pattern repeat and the row where I'm supposed to graft the live stitches from the circular needle. The holes are the k2tog - yo row, which when folded and grafted, will form a picot edge like this:
This morning I struggled with grafting. I've got instructions for stockinette grafting, garter stitch grafting, but not live-stitches-to-already-knitted-stitches grafting. The hem folded up is stockinette front side, which will be grafted to the backside of the stockinette stitch pattern. If anyone has any suggestions, they would be most appreciated! (My email is adamsdebra at sbcglobal dot net). It's hard to learn on mohair. :)
For inspiration, this was delivered last Friday:
It's navy blue Plymouth Tweed, for the Central Park Hoodie Knitalong, which starts Sept. 1st. Believe it or not, I do knit with colors besides pink!!!! (Though it's my first choice!) (And I've just started working on the pink camisole top again, to give my pink knitting equal time).
Donna of Random Knits sent me this really pretty pink yarn, too, in a little swap we did. I have never seen it before; it's laceweight from Kaalund Yarns and the color is Magnolia, which is exactly the same as the color of the blossoms in our magnolia tree in the backyard.
I have a weakness for Australia's Cherry Ripes (coconut and cherry and chocolate, and I don't have a sweet tooth!!) and she indulged me in a good supply of those, the yarn, and a cycling magazine (which I'm sharing with C, in exchange for his being sweet and taking these photos for me very late last night). I sent Donna a supply of our Sugar and Cream cotton yarn, which I understand is not available in Australia. Thank you Donna! The Cherry Ripes are going to come in handy during lace-finishing breaks, if I can keep C from them. We've enjoyed a few already...
Last but not least, Lynne sent me this amazing box from the Project Spectrum Colorswap exchange. The color theme was neutral, and Lynne sent the prettiest vintage items along with some yarn treats:
Lynne, thank you so much! This box is extra special coming from Lynne, as we are both embarking on the process of selling our homes and moving at the same time, and all the fun that entails. And of course I'm already signed up for next month's exchange, when the color theme will be...you guessed it...red and pink!
It was a lot of fun to read everyone's comments from my last post on the Knitting Notebook. We all seem to have our own system, depending on the number and type of patterns we have. I don't have many yet, but I can appreciate how you can have one notebook just for sweaters, shawls, men's or babies' clothes. That is a great idea. I'm trying not to collect too many patterns as I get overwhelmed by all the great things there are to knit, and I'm trying to keep my yarn stash very small. But the internet is a wonderful thing...and I may need multiple notebooks soon.
Also thank you for your good wishes for my father. He's doing really well, works long days as a carpenter, and has scans twice a year to keep an eye on things. I hope we all see the day soon when a cancer diagnosis means nothing more than a prescription, and it goes the way of scarlet fever and TB and those scary diseases of the past we don't hear much about anymore. Until then, I'm going to hug my friends and loved ones a little tighter!!